PLEA FOR RAIN
With the state reeling under drought, the Karnataka government is spending Rs 17 crore to appease the rain gods. The new Muzrai ( temples and endowments) Minister Kota Srinivasa Poojary has issued a circular asking 34,226 temples to spend up to Rs 5,000 each, doing special pujas, a Varuna Homa and Jalabhisheka on July 27 and August 2, in the hope of getting rain. In several parts of the state, local superstitions have pushed people to perform weddings of frogs, that is said to cause rain. The state had tried the puja method earlier, during droughts in 2001 and 2004, but to no avail. Time they tried some good, old- fashioned drought- proofing.